learn

Classrooms without borders?

We recognize that knowledge sharing is a personal process of discovery as well as a social activity; and, that students learn both individually and as part of a group. This new learning model, perhaps the most transformational development in decades, requires environments that support the path to realizing one’s own potential. Working with thought leaders from many disciplines, this empowered model of collective creativity is redefining the architecture of education along with expanding learning outside of the classroom.

shippensburg

shippensburg

  • location:
    Shippensburg, PA
  • OWNER:
    Shippensburg University
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Educational
  • project detail:
    70,000 SF
  • Design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Senior Partner
    H2L2

More than a university asset, the Luhrs Center draws patrons from communities near and far. It is the largest performing arts center from Harrisburg, PA, to Harrisonburg, VA, and serves as an academic and cultural focal point.

The 70,000 SF Luhrs Center was created as a joint effort between Shippensburg University and the surrounding community. It provides a sophisticated setting for university events and traveling shows, while enriching the environment for modern, technology-based music instruction.

The Luhrs is a professional regional performing arts center that houses a 1,500-seat concert hall and proscenium theater. Academic facilities for the university’s music department include classrooms, teaching labs, rehearsal and practice rooms and faculty offices.

The sweeping sloped-glass facade above the main entrance makes the building an instant landmark. By day, light streams into the three-story theatre lobby. By night, the interior lights transform the lobby into a stage and theatergoers into actors as they move about the facility.

louwman

louwman

  • location:
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • OWNER:
    Evert Louwman
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Museum
  • project detail:
    $28 M / 110,000 SM
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates
  • Collaborator:
    Van Den Pauwert

It would not be stretch to assert that museums could be considered as multicultural classrooms.

One of the most universally admired kinetic sculptural creations of modern man is the automobile. And, a very select subset of those creations comprise the finest automobiles ever built. Hence, it is fitting that a museum should house such treasures for display and restoration.

And, while the automobiles have an intrinsically “cool” affect, the shell in which they are housed can honor its environs. Thus it was with our approach to this very unusual museum, which sits quietly in an utterly bucolic setting… all the while belying the mechanical muscle of the denizens residing within.

Very human-scaled, with a quiet food court, gentle water features and earth tones evident inside and out. Perhaps, it is the very counterpoint of the objects against their setting that lends the visitor experience an extra degree of drama. You can almost hear the throaty ignition of their beautiful motors… almost.

Imagination and day dreaming is a gift the best museums impart to their visitors. The curators and the architects worked to make that magic happen here.

In an environment that celebrates both the individual and the subject matter, learning becomes a joyous experience.

Best Museum 2013
— International Historic Motoring Awards

Best Attraction in The Hague
— Trip Advisor

Nishinippon

Nishinippon

  • location:
    Kityakushu, Japan
  • OWNER:
    Nishinippon Institute of Technology
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Design School, Offices, Retail
  • project detail:
    $23.6 M / 135,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates

The true test of a a prefabricated building system is the flexibility to respond to context and program. This project showcases a cost effective system capable of elegant permutations.

Complex site – A constrained urban site bounded by a historic temple, the famed Bullet Train line and a large retail complex.

Complex program – Classrooms, studios, retail and rentable office space stacked vertically with a single core.

Nishinippon establishes a five-story base of gray slate that connects the building to a smaller scale context. Above the base, a series of lantern-like volumes and curtain wall reduce the visual effect of the massing. This delicate composition is punctuated by a graphic signage tower that recognizes the adjacent Bullet Train.

This building is one in a series of kit-of-parts projects for an enlightned developer who understood that economic viablity and design excellence were not mutually exclusive.

Nishinippon speaks volumes about the potential for massive customization and the ability to create a singular statement from prefabrication.

delaware

delaware

  • location:
    Dover, DE
  • OWNER:
    Delaware State University
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Educational Administration
  • project detail:
    44,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    H2L2

This Administration Building is the first step in implementing the master plan developed for the university. It houses offices for student services, including admissions, registrar, financial aid, student accounts, and veteran’s affairs.

Delaware State University’s Administration and Student Services Center is a four-story office building located on the southwest corner of campus. A central service court provides a "one-stop shopping" approach for students to fulfill all their administrative needs.

On the upper three floors are offices for the university's department directors, including the President's Office, and a conference room in the Rotunda.

The Administration Building is the flagship structure on campus. It anchors one end of a pedestrian mall, creating a destination point on campus.

shipley

shipley

  • location:
    Bryn Mawr, PA
  • OWNER:
    The Shipley School
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Educational
  • project detail:
    45,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    H2L2

The Shipley Lower School provides a nurturing environment that for young children that blends in strong academics to encourage students to achieve their highest potential.

The expansion project provided both classroom and fitness facilities, with a 23,000 SF classroom addition and a new 12,000 SF full-court gymnasium with a proscenium stage.

More than providing additional space to learn and play, the new buildings address the needs outlined in the school’s master plan. All structures on campus are connected, creating a safe and secure environment as students and faculty move from place to place. The new buildings are also integrated with security measures and mechanical systems used within other campus structures.

The buildings incorporate the latest communications technology, allowing both wired and wireless computing in all classrooms.

The elegant and energizing design fits well with both the historical and contemporary styles used throughout the campus.

warsaw

warsaw

  • location:
    Warsaw, Poland
  • OWNER:
    The American School of Warsaw
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Educational
  • project detail:
    164,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    H2L2

The new campus consists of an early childhood/elementary school, middle school, high school, theater and arts facility, athletic complex, library/media center and other supporting facilities.

The design creates distinct areas for the elementary, middle and high schools, while building a sense of identity among the various levels of educational progression. Mindful of the American School of Warsaw’s curriculum, the team designed flexible classrooms to accommodate experimental, interactive learning.

A new auditorium, consisting of a 450-seat theater with full stage facilities, was constructed adjacent to a central lobby. Modern athletic facilities include playground areas for each grade level and regulation athletic fields provide a place for outdoor sports and activities. Also notable is the new 23,600 SF gymnasium complex, consisting of fully equipped upper and lower school gyms.

By closely following the master plan International American School of Warsaw, the firm created a campus that transforms the school’s vision into a tangible and enriching reality.

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learn

Classrooms without borders?

We recognize that knowledge sharing is a personal process of discovery as well as a social activity; and, that students learn both individually and as part of a group. This new learning model, perhaps the most transformational development in decades, requires environments that support the path to realizing one’s own potential. Working with thought leaders from many disciplines, this empowered model of collective creativity is redefining the architecture of education along with expanding learning outside of the classroom.

shippensburg

  • location:
    Shippensburg, PA
  • OWNER:
    Shippensburg University
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Educational
  • project detail:
    70,000 SF
  • Design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Senior Partner
    H2L2

More than a university asset, the Luhrs Center draws patrons from communities near and far. It is the largest performing arts center from Harrisburg, PA, to Harrisonburg, VA, and serves as an academic and cultural focal point.

The 70,000 SF Luhrs Center was created as a joint effort between Shippensburg University and the surrounding community. It provides a sophisticated setting for university events and traveling shows, while enriching the environment for modern, technology-based music instruction.

The Luhrs is a professional regional performing arts center that houses a 1,500-seat concert hall and proscenium theater. Academic facilities for the university’s music department include classrooms, teaching labs, rehearsal and practice rooms and faculty offices.

The sweeping sloped-glass facade above the main entrance makes the building an instant landmark. By day, light streams into the three-story theatre lobby. By night, the interior lights transform the lobby into a stage and theatergoers into actors as they move about the facility.

louwman

  • location:
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • OWNER:
    Evert Louwman
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Museum
  • project detail:
    $28 M / 110,000 SM
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates
  • Collaborator:
    Van Den Pauwert

It would not be stretch to assert that museums could be considered as multicultural classrooms.

One of the most universally admired kinetic sculptural creations of modern man is the automobile. And, a very select subset of those creations comprise the finest automobiles ever built. Hence, it is fitting that a museum should house such treasures for display and restoration.

And, while the automobiles have an intrinsically “cool” affect, the shell in which they are housed can honor its environs. Thus it was with our approach to this very unusual museum, which sits quietly in an utterly bucolic setting… all the while belying the mechanical muscle of the denizens residing within.

Very human-scaled, with a quiet food court, gentle water features and earth tones evident inside and out. Perhaps, it is the very counterpoint of the objects against their setting that lends the visitor experience an extra degree of drama. You can almost hear the throaty ignition of their beautiful motors… almost.

Imagination and day dreaming is a gift the best museums impart to their visitors. The curators and the architects worked to make that magic happen here.

In an environment that celebrates both the individual and the subject matter, learning becomes a joyous experience.

Best Museum 2013
— International Historic Motoring Awards

Best Attraction in The Hague
— Trip Advisor

Nishinippon

  • location:
    Kityakushu, Japan
  • OWNER:
    Nishinippon Institute of Technology
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Design School, Offices, Retail
  • project detail:
    $23.6 M / 135,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates

The true test of a a prefabricated building system is the flexibility to respond to context and program. This project showcases a cost effective system capable of elegant permutations.

Complex site – A constrained urban site bounded by a historic temple, the famed Bullet Train line and a large retail complex.

Complex program – Classrooms, studios, retail and rentable office space stacked vertically with a single core.

Nishinippon establishes a five-story base of gray slate that connects the building to a smaller scale context. Above the base, a series of lantern-like volumes and curtain wall reduce the visual effect of the massing. This delicate composition is punctuated by a graphic signage tower that recognizes the adjacent Bullet Train.

This building is one in a series of kit-of-parts projects for an enlightned developer who understood that economic viablity and design excellence were not mutually exclusive.

Nishinippon speaks volumes about the potential for massive customization and the ability to create a singular statement from prefabrication.

delaware

  • location:
    Dover, DE
  • OWNER:
    Delaware State University
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Educational Administration
  • project detail:
    44,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    H2L2

This Administration Building is the first step in implementing the master plan developed for the university. It houses offices for student services, including admissions, registrar, financial aid, student accounts, and veteran’s affairs.

Delaware State University’s Administration and Student Services Center is a four-story office building located on the southwest corner of campus. A central service court provides a "one-stop shopping" approach for students to fulfill all their administrative needs.

On the upper three floors are offices for the university's department directors, including the President's Office, and a conference room in the Rotunda.

The Administration Building is the flagship structure on campus. It anchors one end of a pedestrian mall, creating a destination point on campus.

shipley

  • location:
    Bryn Mawr, PA
  • OWNER:
    The Shipley School
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Educational
  • project detail:
    45,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    H2L2

The Shipley Lower School provides a nurturing environment that for young children that blends in strong academics to encourage students to achieve their highest potential.

The expansion project provided both classroom and fitness facilities, with a 23,000 SF classroom addition and a new 12,000 SF full-court gymnasium with a proscenium stage.

More than providing additional space to learn and play, the new buildings address the needs outlined in the school’s master plan. All structures on campus are connected, creating a safe and secure environment as students and faculty move from place to place. The new buildings are also integrated with security measures and mechanical systems used within other campus structures.

The buildings incorporate the latest communications technology, allowing both wired and wireless computing in all classrooms.

The elegant and energizing design fits well with both the historical and contemporary styles used throughout the campus.

warsaw

  • location:
    Warsaw, Poland
  • OWNER:
    The American School of Warsaw
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Educational
  • project detail:
    164,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    H2L2

The new campus consists of an early childhood/elementary school, middle school, high school, theater and arts facility, athletic complex, library/media center and other supporting facilities.

The design creates distinct areas for the elementary, middle and high schools, while building a sense of identity among the various levels of educational progression. Mindful of the American School of Warsaw’s curriculum, the team designed flexible classrooms to accommodate experimental, interactive learning.

A new auditorium, consisting of a 450-seat theater with full stage facilities, was constructed adjacent to a central lobby. Modern athletic facilities include playground areas for each grade level and regulation athletic fields provide a place for outdoor sports and activities. Also notable is the new 23,600 SF gymnasium complex, consisting of fully equipped upper and lower school gyms.

By closely following the master plan International American School of Warsaw, the firm created a campus that transforms the school’s vision into a tangible and enriching reality.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam magna dolor, faucibus at mattis eu, aliquam quis nunc. Nulla quis bibendum nunc. Sed iaculis massa

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